30A South Walton unnamed 10 Seaside Merchants Host Fall Sidewalk Sale   Oct 4

Join your favorite Seaside retailers when they step out of their stores and shops to offer you end-of-season savings.

The Merchants of Seaside will be lining Central Square, Cinderella Circle and Ruskin Place with incredible items at special pricing during the annual fall sidewalk sale on Saturday, October 4th, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Participating merchants will offer discounted summer merchandise from Seaside-unique boutiques and shops for the one-day event – which should not be missed by anyone looking to enhance their 2015 summer wardrobe or needing a gift for friends or family. Extending the fun will be entertainment from Chris Alvarado as well as additional live music around town. Seaside eateries will also be open for lunch and dinner or an afternoon treat.

With all the sensational shopping, enjoyable live music and delectable restaurants and eateries, a day in Seaside will be a great way to spend a fall Saturday.

For a complete listing of all Seaside merchants or for more info, visit Seaside.

30A South Walton PicMonkey Collage10 Panama City Beach Seafood and Music Festival: Oct 17 18

From L to R: Blues Traveler, Foghat and the Outlaws

With some of the biggest names in country and rock music and the area’s best seafood restaurants bringing so much to the table already, it’s no doubt that the 2014 Panama City Beach Seafood and Music Festival will be a blast for all ages.

30A South Walton seafood Panama City Beach Seafood and Music Festival: Oct 17 18The fun doesn’t end there; the festival also includes a lineup of waterfront and fishing activities at Capt. Anderson’s Marina, kids’ activities, a 5K run and more.

The main event takes place October 17 and 18, with classic favorites Blues Traveler, Foghat and the Outlaws on Friday evening and headliner The Band Perry on Saturday night. Other performances include the Dylan Altman Blues Band, Heritage, Little Honey, the Andy Velo Band, the Dave Pahanish Band, the Adam Craig Band and Josh Thompson.

Buy general admission, VIP and preferred seating tickets here.

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With Fall approaching, what could be more fun than a day in the park? Whether you like hiking, kayaking, face painting, bird watching, beach ecology or simply resting in the grass or sand, October 19 is the day to visit Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for the 13th Annual Back to Nature Festival hosted by the South Walton Community Council.

30A South Walton thp lagoon ericbrubakken The 13th Annual Back to Nature Festival and Benefit: Oct 17 19

Coastal dune lake at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Photo by Florida Park Service.

Activities are scheduled all day starting with a sunrise meditation, bird walk and beach ecology walk along the pristine Topsail Hill Preserve beach.

Family friendly activities scheduled for the afternoon from 1 to 6 p.m. include hiking, kayaking, interpretive talks, face painting, information booths and an opportunity to view the art work donated for the South Walton Community Council 2014 Silent Auction. Barefoot Bar-B-Que will be on site selling food and the community council will provide a refreshment tent.

The evening schedule from 6 to 10 p.m. will orient more toward adult activities with musical entertainment provided by the Owsley Brothers and the Courtyard Saints, a presentation by Elam Stoltzfus, beverages by Grayton Beer and a raffle drawing.

Silent Auction items will also be on display on October 17 and 18 in Seaside as well as on the 19 at The Preserve.

For more info or to view the full schedule visit South Walton Community Council or call 850-314-3749.

30A South Walton 1422491 810298735688217 2904077086898360105 n 30A Throwdown Top Chefs Cookoff at V Seagrove: Oct 17 19

Local top chefs will compete at the upcoming 30A Throwdown 2014 Culinary Cookoff at V Seagrove.

The 3-day weekend event, slated for October 17-19, will feature award-winning chefs collaborating on their creative takes on sublime cuisine. On October 18, competing chefs will progressively “throwdown” their exquisite pairings for the evening’s ticket holders at V Seagrove. The dinner starts at 6 pm and will feature five courses paired with select wines.

Featured in this year’s lineup are last year’s winning chefs, David Cunningham of V Seagrove and Dan Vargo of Seagar’s, along with Chris Mack of Pandora’s, Darek Tidwell of George’s at Alys Beach, Todd Misner and Steve Whithall of Stinky’s Fish Camp and Signature Catering of 30A’s Christopher Holbrook. Continue Reading…

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The Truman House

By Laura Braune Smyer

For fifteen years after its inception, 30A’s quaintly idyllic beach community of Seaside was a little-known secret gem of a vacation spot along Florida’s Emerald Coast. But in 1996, the master-planned New Urbanist beach town hit the big time when it was chosen as the primary location for the filming of Jim Carrey’s next blockbuster, The Truman Show.

Acclaimed Director Peter Weir’s wife told him about Seaside, and he was immediately sold on the location. One of Seaside’s original homes — the perfectly precious yellow and white cottage at 31 Natchez Street — was well on its way to becoming perhaps the most recognizable building on 30A.

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Ever dream of moving to the beach? Before you do, there’s a ‘secret code’ that permeates our laid-back flip-flop culture. After you’ve been around for a while, you’ll gradually figure some of these things out on your own. But for anyone who wants to study-up in advance, here are 30 tips from 30A locals that will help you ease right in…

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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Heed our beach flag system!

1. “Always pay attention to our beach flag system, and swim near one of the nine lifeguard towers stationed at our public beach accesses.”

– Rick Talbert, South Walton Fire District

2. “Don’t text and drive any time, but especially not on 30A. There are simply too many pedestrians and cyclists.”

– Dave Rauschkolb, Bud & Alley’s

3. “Pack healthy snacks for your beach days! At 91% water, watermelon is a perfect snack to keep you hydrated and satisfied.”

– Joe & Crissy Thibodeau, ThiBod Fitness

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30A South Walton Shane 3 Destin filmmaker Shane Sauer Appointed Creative Director at YOLO Board

Shane Sauer

YOLO Board, LLC, has appointed Shane Sauer as Creative Director for the Florida-based stand-up paddle lifestyle retailer.

In his role, Sauer will oversee web marketing and video production for all YOLO Board brands including YOLO Bike Co., YOLO Paddle Co. and the company’s lifestyle apparel line.

Born and raised in Destin, Florida, Sauer earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Motion Picture Television and Recording Arts from Florida State University. He began his career as a freelance filmmaker in 2002 and spent six years in New York City working on feature films, commercials, documentaries and music videos.

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30A South Walton BEACH LIFE SWFW 2 3 Official Schedule Out for South Walton Fashion Week: Oct 6 12

South Walton Fashion Week has released the official schedule for their event, which will take place October 6 – 12 at Sandestin Town Center in Grand Boulevard.

The week-long event will include runway shows, a launch party and a style lounge with exclusive pop-up shops selling designer fashion ware in the fashion village at Grand Boulevard.

The week will kick off on Thursday with a series of trunk shows and a press conference at the Courtyard by Marriott Sandestin, where a panel of celebrity judges, designers and representatives for Visit South Walton and South Walton Fashion Week will answer questions and offer interviews. Immediately following the conference, the official Fashion Week launch party will take place at Tommy Bahama Restaurant, Bar & Store. National and local designers and boutiques will show on the runway ThursdayFriday and Saturday nights from 7 to 10 p.m. 
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